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Hyundai up 46%, Nissan up 30% and all GM core brands positive

It's pretty easy to stage a comeback when a prior year's monthly sales are so dismal, but that still doesn't dull the sheen off what happened last month for auto sales in the U.S.

Not surprisingly, Hyundai continues its winning ways with the largest increase in sales by volume at 45.91 percent. Newcomers to the I Know How To Sell Cars In A Down Market list include Nissan, up 19.94 percent, and Mercedes-Benz, up 19.11 percent. Subaru and Kia again perform flawlessly, posting gains of 23.95 and 18.27 percent, respectively.

Perhaps more interesting is the fact that all four core brands of General Motors (Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC) posted positive sales numbers last month, and in the case of Buick rose 14.78 percent. Ford also continued to stay positive, but just barely posting 2.02 percent gain for the brand against a 0.04 decrease for the motor company. You can blame that on Lincoln and Mercury, both of which were down.

As the U.S. auto industry continues to claw its way out of this recession, the Chrysler Group is seemingly being left behind. Of the multi-brand companies we follow, the Pentastar performed the worst (-25.45 percent). The next worst performer, BMW Group, was down only 7.54 percent. With sales down only 8.09 percent, the Dodge brand was the company's best performer.

*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 23 selling days in November 2009 and 25 selling days in November 2008, so the change in monthly sales volume will be different than the change in the average daily sales rate (DSR) for each brand/company.

Brand Volume% Nov-13 Nov-12 DSR*% DSR Nov-09 DSR Nov-08 Hyundai 45.91 28,045 19,221 58.60 1,219 769 Nissan 29.94 50,644 38,974 41.24 2,202 1,559 Subaru 23.95 16,988 13,706 34.72 739 548 Mercedes-Benz 19.11 16,797 14,102 29.47 730 564 Kia 18.27 17,955 15,182 28.55 781 607 Porsche 18.00 1,626 1,378 28.26 71 55 Buick 14.78 8,627 7,516 24.76 375 301 Lexus 14.04 18,500 16,223 23.95 804 649 Volkswagen 13.68 16,250 14,295 23.56 707 572 Acura 11.17 8,769 7,888 20.84 381 316 Cadillac 10.28 9,721 8,815 19.87 423 353 GMC 5.38 21,301 20,214 14.54 926 809 Volvo 5.15 4,631 4,404 14.30 201 176 Chevrolet 4.46 100,023 95,756 13.54 4,349 3,830 BMW 3.23 15,708 15,217 12.20 683 609 Ford 2.02 105,133 103,055 10.89 4,571 4,122 Toyota 0.98 115,200 114,084 9.76 5,009 4,563 Mazda 0.86 14,255 14,134 9.63 620 565 Audi 0.32 6,810 6,788 9.05 296 272 Honda -4.55 65,234 68,345 3.75 2,836 2,734 Dodge -8.09 24,268 26,404 -0.10 1,055 1,056 Mercury -9.68 6,994 7,744 -1.83 304 310 Lincoln -20.08 6,409 8,019 -13.13 279 321 Jeep -24.45 15,339 20,302 -17.88 667 812 Infiniti -26.04 5,644 7,631 -19.61 245 305 Chrysler -37.33 12,544 20,017 -31.88 545 801 Pontiac -38.83 7,426 12,140 -33.51 323 486 Mitsubishi -42.60 2,925 5,096 -37.61 127 204 Mini -43.59 2,564 4,545 -38.68 111 182 Suzuki -52.11 1,540 3,216 -47.95 67 129 Saturn -54.03 3,737 8,130 -50.04 162 325 Saab -56.46 371 852 -52.67 16 34 Smart -70.44 661 2,236 -67.87 29 89 Hummer -84.80 221 1,454 -83.48 10 58 COMPANIES Nissan NA 20.78 56,288 46,605 31.28 2,447 1,864 Toyota Mo Co 2.60 133,700 130,307 11.53 5,813 5,212 Ford Mo Co -0.04 123,167 123,222 8.65 5,355 4,929 General Motors -2.23 151,427 154,877 6.27 6,584 6,195 American Honda -2.93 74,003 76,233 5.52 3,218 3,049 BMW Group -7.54 18,272 19,762 0.50 794 790 Chrysler Group -25.45 63,560 85,260 -18.97 2,763 3,410

By the Numbers - November 2009: Strengthen Your Core Edition originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 Dec 2009 17:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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